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Development Practice

MPA Development Practice

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 120)

The Masters of Public Administration in Development Practice (MPA-DP) is a two-year fulltime programme that offers professional trans-disciplinary graduate degree training that addresses the challenges of sustainable development through a blend of rigorous academic courses and practical engagements. The MPA-DP is delivered by staff from all faculties across the university, in collaboration with leading scientific researchers, and national and international organisations with specialist skills.

The goal of this programme is to produce rounded development practitioners with a deep understanding of scientific methods and techniques to reduce global poverty, in addition to extensive on-the-ground training with international organisations. The MPA in Development Practice is rooted in evidence that effective public policy must be based science-based. Course offerings include a blend of traditional class-room based modules and two internships including one in an internatinal organisation.

Candidates develop specialist skills in:
Economic Policy and Analysis
Statistics; Impact Measurement in Development
Research design, methodology, and methods
Sector analysis
Students also produce a dissertation on a specialist research area of their choice.


2 years full-time

Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability

A wide variety of careers will be open to graduates from this programme in overseas development assistance for public, private and non-governmental organizations. The programme also appeals to active professionals already working in these fields who wish to strengthen their qualification.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Rachel Wang
Contact Number:+353 (0) 1 716 8643

Subjects taught

Core modules include:

POL41870 Economic & Policy Analysis I
POL40950 Introduction to Statistics
POL41890 Economic & Policy Analysis II
EDUC42930 Global Classroom
LAW40760 NGOs: Law, Governance & Social
POL41120 Global Health

POL41580 Fieldwork I
POL41610 Thesis

Optional Modules Include:
POL41740 The Economics of Sust. Development
POL41880 Impact Measurement
EDUC42940 Post-Conflict & Development
POL41520 Governance Politics & Dev
POL41600 Science Technology & Dev
PEP40800 Environmental Assessment


Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

To qualify for a place on the Master of Public Administration Development Practice, students must hold a primary degree with at least Second Class Honours Grade 1 (2H1) or equivalent in a relevant discipline.

University English language requirements apply for students whose first language is not English.

Application date

The following entry routes are available:

MPA Development Practice FT (W412)

Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2018/2019 September

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